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AMU Vice Chancellor mulls reopening Dubai centre
Wednesday December 4, 2013 12:29 PM, News Network

Facing strong resistance vis-a-vis off campus centres back home, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Vice-Chancellor Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Zameeruddin Shah on Monday said he was not averse to the idea of having the university centres in the Middle East and to reopening the once functional Dubai centre.

"I am going to examine why it (Dubai Centre) was closed. There is a lot of resistance to opening AMU centers, even the ones we opened in India have faced considerable resistance. It wouldn't be a bad idea to open AMU centers in the Gulf. I will have a look at it. I am open to it", he said in an interview to Saudi Gazette.

The AMU centre established in Dubai was closed during the tenure of then VC and now India's Vice President Hamid Ansari. However, the AMU during the tenure of Prof PK Aziz proposed to open off campus centres in West Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra.

The proposal was opposed tooth and nail by AMU fraternity. But Aziz was successful in opening and running successfully the centres in Kerala and West Bengal. The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh straightaway rejected the proposal whereas Maharashtra government is not showing any sincere effort to establish the centre in the state.

Shah also said that the university wants to revive ties with the Gulf.

"We are going to make protracted efforts to re-establish links with the authorities in the Gulf and I hope that because of our concerted efforts we will be able to have many more visits", Shah said.

Stating that universities in the Gulf are among the top universities of the world, Shah said, "We should open our windows to them. So I think students and faculty members of both AMU and the Gulf will benefit greatly if we have student-to-student contact."

He also said that the university administration is planning separate hostel facility for Non-Resident Indian (NRI) students in order to attract them and to make available to them a "higher standard of living".

"We are trying to attract NRI students. I think the factor that acts as a deterrent is we don't have an NRI hostel. Now I am aware that NRI students are used to a higher standard of living and the present scale of accommodation really would not suit them", he said.

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